Category: public health and preventive medicine

Don’t drink the water- how to avoid water related disease

Don’t drink the water- how to avoid water related disease

Avoiding illness from swimming and other water related recreation

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Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

In 1961,  my mother and I went to my school on a Sunday afternoon to receive the newly released oral polio vaccine. She along with other parents eagerly sought a way to prevent a dreaded disease that had the potential to cripple or even kill their children. In medical school I learned about diphtheria, a … Continue reading Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

How to stay safe and well this summer

How to stay safe and well this summer

(This post includes affiliate links, from which a purchase might pay a commission to this blog, but cost you nothing extra. thank you. ) Since this week is the official start of summer, at least in the northern hemisphere, I'll share some resources on staying safe and healthy this summer. Summer often means travel, and no … Continue reading How to stay safe and well this summer

Protecting our children- what parents need to know

  Do you feel as angry as I do when you hear yet another  news story  about adults, usually men, who sexually abuse children and adolescents? Almost every newscast on television reports a new incident, if not nationally, but here in my own community. And I don't live in a high crime area. Even assuming that some,maybe many … Continue reading Protecting our children- what parents need to know

6 steps to save your sight

  When we think about prevention in health care, we tend to focus on the worst diseases, those that threaten life- cancer, heart attacks, stroke, violence. But non-fatal conditions can also “threaten life”, putting the quality of our lives in danger. Limited vision contributes to severe and significant loss of function and well being. If you … Continue reading 6 steps to save your sight

7 surprising reasons to be smoke free

When I travelled to Colorado last year, I visited Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls of South Cheyenne Creek in South Cheyenne Cañon. To get to the falls, you walk a one-mile scenic path through the canyon, passing trees, towering cliffs and a winding stream.  And along … Continue reading 7 surprising reasons to be smoke free

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. -words worth sharing

  Every valley shall be raised up,     every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,     the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,     and all people will see it together. Isaiah 40:4-5         On the third Monday of January, the United States … Continue reading Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. -words worth sharing