What is integrative health?

Integrative health is a holistic approach that incorporates conventional therapies like medications or procedures, along with evidence-based complementary therapies. Treatment plans to optimize health are individualized depending on a person’s needs, and will address physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. Nutrition and physical activity are important components of healing and will be discussed with each […]

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The importance of early prenatal medical care

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO, OB/GYN at Ripon Medical Center As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should establish a schedule of prenatal care with her healthcare provider for her entire pregnancy. For normal pregnancies without significant complications, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows: Every month from the 1st week through […]

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Focus on gratitude with a mindful attitude

I recently took a class on mindfulness and how it relates to stress reduction. Don’t let the word mindfulness freak you out. Think of the Bible verse that says…Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that […]

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Learning the hard lessons of raising independent children

Written by: Tamara Langhoff, APNP at the Treffert Clinic My best friend has always come to me for parenting advice. I guess this is the benefit of having a pediatric nurse practitioner for a “bestie.” My children are three to seven years older than hers; I have “been there and done that.” When I was […]

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Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Dealing with Depression

For those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be periods of sadness and frustration. Such feelings are normal and expected and typically come and go. However, when a person experiences these feelings more days than not, it might be due to depression. In fact, depression is common in those living with MS. While this […]

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Child safety checklist

Written by: Yamil Darwich, MD You can help your child avoid injury by being prepared and educating yourself and your family. It is important to take charge of your child’s health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe. At Home Set your water heater to 120 degrees […]

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Is it possible to feel hope during grief?

Hope. This is a word I have been thinking a lot about lately. Is it possible to feel hope when we are feeling like our world is torn apart because our loved one has died? My answer to that question is YES! I believe that hope is an important part of grieving. Continuing our relationship […]

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