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What is psoriasis and why should I care about it?


Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition that appears as patches and plaques of dry, scaly skin located most commonly on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis, however, can occur anywhere. Sometimes it can be very mild with just a couple of spots, and in other cases it can be quite severe and widespread. Psoriasis can also make your fingernails and toenails rough and discolored with small pits. Continue Reading →

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Healthcare directives are good for everyone


What would happen to you if you were in an accident or sick or if you were just getting older an unable to communicate effectively about the type of health care you wanted? Unfortunately, if you don’t take the time to plan for this type of situation your medical care might be left up to someone else who may not have a good idea of what medical care you would or would not want in a challenging medical situation. Continue Reading →

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Curl-friends: Hot oil is not just for cooking!

If you have never tried a hot oil treatment, try it at least once. It is an easy process that can be done at home safely.

For best results, it is recommended to do this treatment before you wash your hair. Hot oil treatments before a shampoo can become your secret weapon in preventing dandruff and dry scalp. It can also smooth the cuticle, soften dry rough hair, and help to seal in moisture. Continue Reading →

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Winter and mobility impairments


We are in Minnesota and the least favorite of the two seasons we experience here: our dreaded winter with snow and ice. I request all of us to become, if we are not already, “our brother’s keeper.”

Our city is full of totally independent persons with disabilities. We deserve to be able to freely move about our fair city as each of us desires. To this end, every individual should take it upon themselves to ensure our city sidewalks, alley crossings, and street corners are free of snow-ice build-up and all other obstructions to any person’s ability to travel in a safe and secure manner. Just because many of us park in garages, on the apron behind our home, in our driveway, etc. Continue Reading →

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Man’s best friend: the use of service and therapy animals


Anthony Lyons, a 16-year-old currently receiving treatment for leukemia, warmed the hearts of Americans when the Huffington Post penned an article about the support he receives from therapy dogs at a Phoenix hospital. As a result, thousands posted photos and videos to offer their support for the days when the hospital therapy dogs are not available. In 1933, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud favored the use of psychiatric therapy dogs during his individual therapy sessions. The Veterans Administration also noted that the use of psychiatric service dogs was beneficial to servicemen experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following World War II. The use of service animals has grown in popularity since that time and can allow the disabled to live a more stable and independent life. Continue Reading →

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