Peroxide on a cut

Why You Shouldn’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

July 28th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP!

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Amy Paquette

If it’s the worst headache of your life and it’s sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

July 25th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Amy Paquette was doing an exercise video with a friend when all of a sudden she felt dizzy and nauseous, had blurred vision and a headache — a bad, bad headache. After a night of agony, she went to the emergency room. "They said I was just dizzy and sent me home," she says. "I called my own doctor, who sent me for a CT scan that came back normal, but the headache and other symptoms wouldn't go away."

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Portland Farmers' Market

Enjoying Maine’s Fabulous Produce — Safely

July 23rd, 2014 | Nom Nom
Maine-grown fruits and veggies are nature’s gift to us for surviving the winter. And for farmers, summer in Maine means growing what we can in the short time we have. Despite a growing season that is quite short, we have plenty of produce to pick from — from early spring onions to mid-season blueberries to late season potatoes (and plenty of things in between). Read the Rest »
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Stepfamilies and Caregiving: How to meet the challenges together

July 21st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Many people find love later in life. Studies have shown that married people experience health benefits and that being isolated or feeling lonely compromises health. Companionship can be a true blessing. For those who find a partner later in life, this also creates new relationships between their grown children. There are endless possibilities regarding how these relationships may unfold. Some may be close and supportive. When families are spread out over a large geographic area or when a parent retires to a warmer climate, it’s difficult enough for immediate family to see each other on a regular basis. For those newly related stepsiblings, there may never be a chance to create solid bonds. Read the Rest »

Barbara Stetson and her Yorkie

Preventing Falls: It’s a Matter of Balance

July 18th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn't mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn't rush around like she used to. "I had seven children," she explains. "I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That's how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I've now learned to slow down." Read the Rest »

Seaweed harvester

The Ocean Inspires Maine Dermatologist to Create Skin Care Products

July 17th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
For many years, I have carried an image of Dr. Michael Taylor in my head. He was leaving the exam room in his office and poked his head back in just before he closed the door. "Don't forget to protect your skin," he said. "Wear sunscreen."  Read the Rest »
Terrilynn Barden Dubreuil

Just retired. Too young for Medicare. Needs health insurance. What to do?

July 14th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
My friend Terrilynn Barden Dubreuil recently retired as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at McAuley High School. It was a full-time job with benefits, including health insurance. She's not old enough for Medicare and was in the market for a policy that will fill the gap until she reaches the magic age. I know — she looks like she has a long, long way to go. Read the Rest »
Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

July 14th, 2014 | Nom Nom
If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. It's really important to check ahead to make sure a farm is open for picking. If you want to add someone/something ( e.g., if organic) or notice an error please let me know — you can send a comment at the end of the post. Read the Rest »
Joe Semmes

Choose Love, Not Fear: Joe Semmes’ Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

July 4th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
  In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it's also less aggressive than other pancreatic cancers and can often be cured. Read the Rest »
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Catching Health on the Morning Report: Food Insecurity in Maine

July 2nd, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
  In case you missed the Morning Report yesterday — we talked about food insecurity in Maine. Read the Rest »
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Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

June 30th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

  Part two of a series on hunger in Maine

In America there is an assumption that with girth comes wealth and that people who are food insecure or malnourished are also automatically thin. Let’s remember that food insecurity means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read the Rest »
Stalks of freshly harvested rhubarb

Jane Johnson’s Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

June 30th, 2014 | Nom Nom
The other day I posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie that called for honey in place of sugar. I got an email from Jane Johnson, who lives in Forest City Township on the shores of East Grand Lake and the headwaters of the St. Croix River — "remote by choice," she told me. I happened to mention in the recipe that honey wasn't vegan and Jane suggested substituting maple syrup. She sent me some quotes from Tim Herd's book Maple Sugar: From Sap to SugarRead the Rest »
Leni and Lita

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

June 27th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
What are the odds that two sisters would both have with the same type of lung cancer? Slim. Even if they are identical twins or identical mirror twins like Leni Grant and Lita Brown, from Gray. Read the Rest »
Strawberry rhubarb pie

Don’t Miss This: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac’s Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

June 26th, 2014 | Nom Nom

My plan was to write about rhubarb and share a healthy rhubarb pie recipe. That's because rhubarb is low in calories and has an assortment of vitamins and minerals that are good for us. And, it's in season. Trouble is, most rhubarb recipes are loaded with sugar to cut its strong tart flavor. I asked several friends if they had a rhubarb pie recipe I could use and they all told me they don't eat rhubarb anymore because they're trying to avoid sugar. Read the Rest »
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Why Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Changed Its Name

June 25th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
What's in a name? Quite a bit believes the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders in Scarborough. The practice was founded in 1978 by Dr. Ronald Carroll, Maine's first medical oncologist. Today the private group practice has 13 cancer specialists on its staff. On any given day they will see from 150 to 175 patients. They also consult on cases across the country. Read the Rest »
Tips for preventing heat stroke

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

June 23rd, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Summer has arrived in Maine! What fabulous weather we had this weekend. Because we're bound to get some really hot days this summer, I decided a refresher course in heat-related illnesses might be a good idea. Sometimes they can sneak up on you, like when you forget to put on sunscreen or lose track of the time at the beach. Elderly people —  my 87-year-old mother who insists on wearing a heavy sweater on an 80 degree day for instance — are especially susceptible to heat stroke or dehydration. Read the Rest »

Where to Pick Strawberries in Maine

June 20th, 2014 | Nom Nom

Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out the Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. Otherwise, you might want to call ahead to make sure it’s open for picking. If you want to add a farm to the list or notice something that needs to be corrected, please let me know. I'll tell you how at the end of the post.

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Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

June 18th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

It's summer in Maine — the time of year to open your windows, smell the flowers and enjoy being outside after many months of being cooped up indoors. It's also the time of year children are more likely to experience sprains, strains and falls. Outdoor sports and bike-riding are particularly likely to land them in the emergency room or urgent care office, frequently with head injuries. Read the Rest »

Movement therapy

Movement therapy helps you become more aware of your body and more in control of your life

June 16th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

A large circle of adults, most of them strangers to each other. They all listened carefully as movement therapist Michelle Joubert explained that she would help them "wake up" and become aware of their bodies in space and in relation to others. She put on some music, raised her arms and turned to the woman next to her, who had to come up with her own movement and pass it along. Read the Rest »

Stacked stones

What the Heck is Qi?

June 10th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

The concept of qi lies at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is central to Taoist philosophy. Qi is defined as the energetic or animating force associated with all living things. The concept of an animating force is not unique to Chinese culture. In Japan it is called ki. In India,  prana. The ancient Egyptians referred to it as ka and the ancient Greeks called it pneuma. Native Americans know it as Great Spirit. In Africa it’s known as ashe and in Hawaii as ha, or mana. Read the Rest »
Elderly couple

Coping with guilt and other uncomfortable feelings when caring for a loved one with dementia

June 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
If you are providing any type of care to someone who has dementia, chances are good that at some point you have experienced feelings of grief and guilt. These are feelings that often leave people feeling uncomfortable and ashamed. All they really mean is that you are human, and you are in the midst of a difficult journey. Read the Rest »
Roman Waites

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

June 2nd, 2014 | Catching Health Stories

What will you do on your summer vacation? Roman Waites and his family are going on a monumental cross country road trip and they're going to document their journey by making a movie. Have no doubt — Roman will play a starring role. Read the Rest »

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Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins is going to teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

June 2nd, 2014 | Gotta Use It
As far back as she can remember Lisa Bassett loved to roller skate. Her mother Linda Clark was always chauffeuring Lisa and her friends to the local rink. Never an invitation to join them, of course. It was just, "Drop us off and pick us up Mom!" Decades later, it was Lisa who coaxed her mother, now in her sixties, into letting her teach her how to skate — roller derby style! You see, Lisa grew up to be a roller derby jammer. From 2006 to 2010, she played in the Maine Roller Derby League. If you’re a fan, you'll probably recognize her derby name — Olive Spankins. Read the Rest »
Mike Nixon

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

May 30th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. "I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear," he says. "It wasn't on top where you'd think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top part of my left ear, but underneath the fold in the shaded part — the one and only part that is shaded except the ear canal. My wife spotted it. I went to the doctor and then I had a biopsy done and they told me I had Stage III melanoma."

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Antibiotics and Ear Infections

May 27th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
When you catch a cold or some other viral infection the best treatment is usually rest, fluids and painkillers — acetaminophen or ibuprofen. And don't forget lots and lots of TLC! It's important to keep a close watch on children with a viral upper respiratory illness because they're apt to get a secondary infection, such as otitis media (ear infection) or pneumonia.

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Food waste in kitchen sink

What you might not know about hunger in Maine

May 23rd, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Did you know that, according to the US Department of agriculture, 31% of all our food (1,249 calories per person per day) ends up in a dumpster or down the disposal? Just think about the good that food could do for some folks. In this first of a two-part series, we take a look at our state’s hunger issue, and what we can do to start helping.

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Children at the edge of swimming pool

Five Steps to Keep Your Pool Safe This Summer

May 21st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Last year, more than 200 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa. Three out of four were under the age of 5.

NSF International, a public health and safety organization, has put together five simple steps you should take to make your pool safe this summer.

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CPR, Lyme disease and olives. Watch Catching Health on the Morning Report

May 20th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
CPR was the Catching Health topic on the Morning Report — how it saved a Gorham woman's life and how there are only two simple steps you need to remember when doing CPR: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. I also shared a thank you email from a man who read my recent post about Lyme disease and took immediate action. Read the Rest »
Tammy Conober

How CPR Saved Tammy Conover’s Life

May 19th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

It had been a fairly ordinary day for Tammy Conover, who lives in Gorham. She went to work, ate her supper and headed to her church to take care of some children while their mothers attended a book club and their fathers a men's group. The men were just across the hall. Clint Steele says suddenly the door opened and in walked two young girls."I think the woman needs help," one of them said." She fell down and is not talking."

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Kalamata olives

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Are olives a fruit or a vegetable?

May 19th, 2014 | Nom Nom

Little green olives stuffed with pimento. Growing up, that's the only olive I ever knew. Years later I had the good fortune to travel throughout Greece, beginning with a stop in Corfu. My friends and I toured the island on rented motorbikes and stopped in a hillside café — really just someone's backyard. We were served a plate filled with chunks of cucumber and different kinds of olives. They were definitely not my mother's olives — not to mention that they were accompanied by glasses of ouzo!

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