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Choosing the Christ in Me Life

Christy’s personal mission statement is “To have a positive impact on others’ lives by honoring God and living with simplicity.” She desires to inspire others to do the same. I avoid people. Not always. But sometimes. More often than I’d like to admit. But since God has called me to share my heart, that also includes the stuff I’d rather …

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Vaccines and Stem Cells: Weapons against Lung Disease

By David Ebner, Staff Writer Every fall, the billboards and television commercials urging you to get a flu shot start to creep into the national narrative. Many people have reservations about the flu vaccine; some state it causes headaches and even engages flu-like symptoms. However, the statistics strongly support the flu vaccination over trying to tough it out, especially for …

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“YOUR CHILD IS DEAF.” The day Songs for Sound began.

By Jaime Vernon, Founder/Director, Songs for Sound “My little girl–only 14 months old—is DEAF” Jaime, and her husband Kevin thought. All those times she wouldn’t stop crying when I whispered “sh, sh, sh, sh” as I rocked her back and forth, or when I CRIED because she wouldn’t put her head on my shoulder when I sang to her. I …

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Stay Healthy and In The Fairway

By Hollie Hennessy, PT, DPT, Results Physiotherapy – Farragut – It is time to dust off the golf clubs and start hitting the links. For many fair weather golfers the dust isn’t only on the clubs, but on the golf swing as well. New golfers can’t help but try and mimic the swing of the latest tour leaders or use …

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May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month Allergic Rhinitis—Do you have it?

By Phil Jones, MD Allergic rhinitis also known as hay fever by many allergy sufferers affects millions of adults and children each year. But despite the name it can be caused by many other things than just hay and you don’t have to have a fever to have hay fever. What is allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis takes two different forms: seasonal …

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Supplements 101: Vitamins, Minerals, and You! Part II

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN As we enter into the second part of Supplements 101 you can see by the chart that there is a whole lot of action going on in our body!! At all times—every second of every every hour of every day—something is being carried, transformed, transcribed, duplicated, manufactured, disabled, reconstructed, translated or conducted, and vitamins …

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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

By Garieann Fish, DO April was first designated as Irritable Bowel Awareness month in 1997 by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) and “Don’t Suffer in Silence” is a common theme. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a gastrointestinal syndrome characterized by chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of any organic cause. It is estimated that …

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Direct Primary Care: Dismantling Corporate Medicine One Patient at a Time

By Dustin Clark, MD, Black Bag Family Healthcare Since starting Black Bag Family Healthcare in October of last year, I have gotten many questions regarding my practice and how it differs from traditional practices. My type of practice is known as direct primary care or concierge medicine. The term “concierge” carries with it certain ideas that certainly aren’t true for my …

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Supplements 101: Vitamins, Minerals, and You! Part 1

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) are often asked ‘What kind of multi-vitamin or supplements should I be taking, especially if I don’t always eat well?’ The short answer is something you already may know, but may not want to hear. If you eat a well-balanced, varied diet and are a healthy, normal functioning individual, there is no need for you to have …

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Relieving Spring Season Skin Irritations

By Dermatology Associates Ahhhh! Spring is in the air! April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring seasonal allergies! Seasonal allergies are due to pollen, which becomes airborne in spring and summer. Puffy eyes, dark circles, itchy skin, chapped lips, and red, runny noses can all be the result of histamine responses caused by allergens. When an allergen is …

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Challenging the Status Quo with Stem Cells

By Cara Tompot, Staff Writer Looking back on history, we remember a time when women didn’t have the rights that they do now. Prior to 1919, women didn’t have any way to express their thoughts and desires through public policy. Thanks to first-wave feminists questioning the status quo, 1920 marked the first year that women could vote. This social change marked …

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Local, Fun Activities for Kids with Autism

By Chris Demas One in every 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism. This is a 30% increase than the previous estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism is a challenge that is growing everywhere including here in the Tri-Cities.  Thankfully, we have a few resources that many parents consider valuable. The Autism Society of America – East …

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April is Autism Awareness Month What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

History Asperger’s syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder) was first described in the 1940s by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger, who observed autism-like behaviors and difficulties with social and communication skills in boys who had normal intelligence and language development. Many professionals felt Asperger’s syndrome was simply a milder form of autism and used the term “high-functioning autism” to describe these …

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Bristol Orthotics & Prosthetics Opens New Location in Abingdon, VA

By Will Graybeal CP/LPO Beginning April 6th we will have a brand new location in Abingdon, VA, to better serve our southwest Virginia customers.  We are very pleased to bring a fully staffed office that offers all orthotic and prosthetic services to the surrounding area.  Service will be provided by Jimmy Copley and Robin Cavender and they are very excited to …

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Keeping Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active with Healthy Kids Day®

By Abigail Weaver Today, according to a recent survey conducted by the Sullivan County Health Department, the rate of childhood obesity and childhood diabetes rank among the highest in Tennessee. When the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens. Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow, but sometimes when the …

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It’s “Mardi Growl” in May With The Humane Society of Washington County, TN

By The Humane Society of Washington County of Tennessee Clear your calendars because The Humane Society of Washington County, TN’s annual Dogwood Cattail Ball, “Mardi Growl,” is taking place on Saturday, May 16 at the Millen-nium Centre in Johnson City.  “Yappy Hour” begins at 6:00. If you attended last year, you know you what we are talking about!  Seize the opportu-nity …

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STOP DIABETES

Provided by The American Diabetes Association Diabetes is a serious disease, and you probably know someone who is affected by it. Nearly 30 million* children and adults in the U.S. are living with diabetes. About eight million of those people don’t know they have it, which means they’re not getting the care they need to stay healthy. About 5% of people …

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An Invitation from Coalition for Kids

By Randy Hensley, Executive Director Based on Luke 2:52, Coalition For Kids’ mission statement is to help children grow in wisdom and stature and in the favor of God and man. I am Randy Hensley, Executive Director of Coalition For Kids.  Thank you for the opportunity to share with you.  Single parent families, growing up in physical, sexual, drug and alcohol …

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Kimberly’s Holistic Viewpoint… You Are More Than A Number

By Kimberly Toby “For the French, eating is the social event of the day.  In America, it’s something we do before heading out to do something else,” states Fred Pescatore, M.D.  As someone who was raised by a French mother, I did not live in a typical American household where my mom would talk about the latest diet she was …

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Wilderness Can Be Good for Your Mind and Body

By Johnny Molloy Have you left the real world and headed to the wilderness lately? Have you entered the back of beyond… where cell phones don’t work, and you move on nature’s time at nature’s pace? A trip to the wilderness may rekindle you relationship with nature. Sometimes we get caught up hacking our way through the jungle known as civilization. …

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