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Eating disorders: Not a lifestyle choice

Look around. There are a lot of body types. Notice the individuals who are confident of themselves despite their weight number or BMI (body mass index). They may carry extra weight, but they are confident in who they are. Their ease reaches out to you. You can tell by the way they dress and the ...

The case for U.S. leadership on advanced coal technology

While it can feel like the world is in the midst of an energy transition — where one source of energy is replaced by another — that's not what's happening. Instead of transition, we're in a period of addition. The growing use of wind and solar power is actually coming on top of increased ...

Stress: Not a sign of weakness

Would you say life today is more stressful than ever before? Unpredictable weather, health and well-being, providing for the family: the struggles are real and have tested human endurance since the beginning of time. Today, farmers struggle with the issues of climate change that can wipe out ...

Shingles not often for the young at heart

One in three American adults will contract the shingles at some point in their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 million people in the U.S. come down with the often-painful disease annually, and a person’s risk for shingles increases as they ...

Alcohol: When it’s too much

"Alcohol overdose is when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life support functions (breathing, heart rate, temperature control) begin to shut down," advises the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism within the National Institutes ...

What is Love?

A minister preached about romantic love. He held a master’s degree in math … logic. He said we don’t fall in and out of love. We chooseto love … or not. You may want to ponder that for a bit. Merriam-Webster says love is a strong affection for another person rising out of kinship or ...

Enjoy your coffee — in moderation

For many older adults, coffee is a part of their daily routine that has carried on from their younger years. Those seniors take comfort in a hot cup of coffee as a part of their lifestyle that they can still hold on to when they have been forced to give up so many other things that they loved ...

Substance use disorder issue for older adults

A gentleman fell on ice. He spent several hours at the emergency room to assure that he was not seriously injured. The injuries proved to be minor but painful. The ER doctor prescribed medication for the pain. The man requested Vicodin, an opioid. His wife worried about him taking the ...

Addiction can happen to anyone

What do you want to know about drug and alcohol use? What do you needto know? You can find a thorough resource about the effects of addiction on the brain at https://teens.,drugabuse.gov/teens/drug-facts. Youth — indeed everyone – needs to be educated about drug and alcohol use and ...

Combating symptoms of Sundowning

Sundowning, or Sundown Syndrome, is a condition affecting older adults in which they may become agitated, aggressive or confused as natural sunlight starts to fade at the end of the day. While it is primarily found in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it can occur ...

Feelings: Don’t ignore yours

In writing about feelings, E.G. Wishart says, “If we want to be loved, we must reveal ourselves. If we want to love someone, they must allow us to know them.” This profound thought strikes fear in the hearts of people who have been conditioned to believe they are unworthy, who have been ...

Recovery journey: The Twelve Steps

This may read like an American history lesson. There are valuable pieces of life’s puzzle in those lessons. So many students have never been able to grasp the need to know about things that happened so very long ago. How could those things possibly hold any value now? Please read on. Betty ...

Sleep — it’s good for your health

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. But as we get older, many adults find a restful night’s sleep harder and harder to come by. The physical changes that accompany aging, coupled with changes in our habits and medication, often lead to difficulty falling or staying asleep. In fact, studies ...

Can Ohio’s electricity market become competitive again?

Americans keep hearing bold claims about wind and solar power. Advocates say wind and solar are growing more affordable, and are cheaper than natural gas or coal. But much of that advantage actually comes from significant taxpayer support. And without such hefty subsidies, a different picture ...

Looking back at the 2019 accomplishments

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families.  Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Back to normal

Making that 180-degree turn to “normal” after the holidays may be a bit challenging. First we have to understand what “normal” is, and depending on the culture or society in which we live, that definition varies. “Normal” in the 17thcentury meant “forming a right angle, done ...

Resolve to rediscover yourself in 2020

You made your list, checked it twice for naughty and nice. Christmas 2019 is tucked away in personal journals and history books. Your thoughts may now be on New Year’s resolutions … ways in which you want to make a few changes in your way of life. The changes can be looked at as ...

Make sure medications don’t hurt you

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

A word of thanks from the FRC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday season. It is also my time to say “Thank You” for all of your support shown the Family Recovery Center and its ...

Healthy Holiday eating tips from SRMC

SALEM –The holiday season can be a challenge for anyone trying to eat responsibly. With a little forethought and planning, however, you can still enjoy your favorite foods of the season. Food is generally the center of many social gatherings especially around the holidays. There are ...