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Restorative Pilates At The Community Center

Starting Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Apr. 17, Virginia Eaton leads Restorative Pilates classes at the Oakhurst Community Center, twice a week. See flyer below for details. About 15 years ago, I ruptured a disc in my back (L5/S1 for those who like details). My doc was sure that surgery was in my future but I had other ideas. After ...

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New Guidelines For Treatment Of Low Back Pain

The number one complaint almost everyone has, at some point in their life, is low back pain. This is probably one of the most challenging topics that arise with clients and managing low back pain requires a willingness to think about the pain a little differently. I learned this lesson myself 15 years ago when I violently ruptured a disc ...

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The Problem With OTC Sleep Aids

Thursday night was a rough night! I crawled between the bed covers looking forward to drifting off to sleep to the sound of rain. Sleep was close, but then sirens were blaring. And then more sirens. Now that I was wide awake, I checked the local news—a stolen car had crashed and been set on fire not far from my ...

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How Walnuts Work To Fight Dementia

I came across another instance of traditional science backing up long held folk wisdom and it made me smile. The research community is stacking up data that strongly suggests that consuming walnuts has a strong impact on brain health and function as we age. The folk wisdom around walnuts being related to brain function began with the Greeks and the ...

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Thin On The Outside, Fatty On The Inside

There was a time when fatty liver disease only hit adults in their later years who either had a condition such as hepatitis or alcoholism. In the last 10 years, however, there has been a terrifying rise in patients under the age of 20 with fatty liver disease. While this is often closely tied to obesity, there is a significant ...

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Short Runs, Long Walks, And Hiking With Weights

I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor workouts of late, squeezing them in between bouts of rain, sleet and hail (thank you weather radar!). It’s been a while since I’ve be running and my body doesn’t feel quite ready for a lot of distance yet, so I’ve gone back to a trick from my hiking days in Salt Lake City. ...

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Cold Or Flu: When It’s Time To See The Doctor

OAKHURST — Last week I wrote about mindfulness and the myriad health benefits of being present in the moment. The universe, in its infinite capacity for humor, decided to offer me the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. My boyfriend and I had planned on a lovely five days in Mendocino to celebrate surviving ...

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A Matter Of Mindfulness

If you made a new year’s resolution, this should be the week where you’re kicking it into high gear and feeling the joy of a week of accomplishing your goals. If this is you congratulations! However, if you set a resolution and are still waiting to get underway because “the kids aren’t back in school,” “it’s been raining all week,” ...

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Heartburn Meds Now — Alzheimer’s Later?

By Virginia Eaton — When you’re in the middle of a severe heartburn or acid reflux attack, you would sell your mother for some relief! Many people turn to over-the-counter heartburn medication, often with great success. Unfortunately, some startling research recently released suggests that the danger of sustained use of some heartburn drugs — such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium ...

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Let’s Talk About Coffee On An Empty Stomach

Coffee alternates between being reviled and exalted for its health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants, gives a powerful energy boost and is a terrific appetite suppressant. As for its downside it can be quite hard on the stomach as it stimulates the release of stomach acids, which is why, if you are prone to acid reflux or heart burn your ...

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