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Articles in "Health"

Pure science is a beautiful and complex dance of careful planning and unexpected discoveries. But things get truly convoluted when we throw in money, public agendas, politics, media, and liability law.  Here’s how.

Our goal this year has been to offer a non-polarizing conversation around public health.  Our strategy was to explore the issue from unusual angles.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with ‘incurable’ diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin.

Cassava, yuca, mogo, manioc... however you choose to call it, you’ll get a nutty flavored, sweet, starchy tuber of Brazilian ancestry.

It’s time to tell my story. I’ve seen the vaccination rates for Vashon Island and read the articles and it alarms me. We have 17% of parents opting out of very necessary vaccinations.

There’s something about two clear options that humans find appealing. We write stories about good and evil with heroes to cheer for and villains to boo!

Fall is upon us. The school year has begun. Once again, we are subjected to a constant series of public health messages and editorials claiming that making an informed choice about your health care is immoral and selfish. If you want to be a good person, these sources claim, you must follow directions.

In the last article, we discussed the reality that there are powerful forces that set the "menu" from which individuals may then make choices.

Vashon Youth & Family Services Executive Director Kathleen Barry Johnson announced today the creation of the Behavioral Health Services division at VYFS to strengthen the provision of mental health and addiction recovery treatment for youth and adults.

Society is, by definition, a collaboration. Like all group environments, there is a give and take of rights, responsibilities, and choices. This is true whether we’re talking about a family, a town, a board,

The term "science" is widely misunderstood by most people. "Science" does not mean lab coats and test tubes. It does not mean dissecting frogs and reading textbooks.

Vashon HealthWatch, the island group that organized a recent community meeting on health care, is inviting Islanders to a follow-up meeting May 30th.

Question: What do you do when you have a thousand words to cover a subject on which dozens of books have already been written?  Our answer: You lean more heavily on a blog, where you can offer additional information and references to some great resources!
 

Cheer for your favorite teams as they compete to meet their goals in exercise, healthy eating, home safety, decreasing stress and their own personal goals. Results will be announced at an all Island SUV party June 1st 5:00-6:30 at McMurray.

Nothing in healthcare is simple. We have a limited understanding of the human immune system. The study of the human biome is in its infancy.

Over the years, people have blamed diseases upon God, Satan, witches, ghosts, evil spirits, stale air, cats (instead of rats), rats (instead of fleas), swamp air (instead of mosquitos), the four humors, sinfulness

Maybe you’re realizing you need to stop the winding down of your strength and energy levels. Perhaps balance is becoming more of a concern. You might even begin to perceive that your independence depends on keeping these
 

Over the past several years, our island has become a veritable battle ground around the issue of public health. In particular, the method by which island residents manage their personal immune decisions has been thrust under a nation-wide microscope.

Laura Wishik won the big prize, a $400 Southwest Airlines ticket at the raffle for those with the most stars. Laura won her stars by designing and successfully continuing her weight loss program over the year.

Three cheers for these teams who have reported weeks three and four:

Did you ever wonder if there is any point to all this dieting and exercising if obesity runs in your family and you have those genes?

From the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Meeting comes encouraging news.

Kick start your new year by making a commitment to your wellness! Make up for eating a little too much and sitting around watching the snow and rain by participating in the 2012 Shape Up Vashon Wellness Challenge, which begins on Friday March 16.

Did you know that you could save or improve the life of 50 very sick people by being an organ and tissue donor? There is no age limit to being a donor. Nearly everyone can donate tissues or organs or both. Do not assume that you are not healthy enough to donate. Organ transplant teams can decide that at the time of death.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body uses food for strength and energy. Much of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar. When glucose enters the blood stream from the gut, it needs be used or stored by the cells. The hormone insulin is responsible for regulating how much glucose can enter the cells. The pancreas, a fist sized organ lying behind the stomach, makes insulin.