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Leo Glaude

What can happen to your life when you suddenly become a caregiver

Eleven years ago, at the age of 56, Leo Glaude had a stroke. It happened at work. His coworkers found him outside leaning against a tree. They called 911 and then called his wife Beverly. She rushed to the hospital and the moment she saw her husband, she knew what happened. “His mouth was drooping on one side,” she says, “and he was trying to say something to me and I didn’t understand a word. I knew then that he’d had a stroke.” Read the Rest »
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Using spinal decompression to treat low back pain

April 29th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Back pain, especially low back pain. One of THE major reasons people miss work or become disabled. Men and women alike. Read the Rest »
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16 things to know if you love someone with autism

April 28th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

Guest post by Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, Senior Program Director for Education at Spurwink.

Having a family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can create unanticipated challenges in many facets of life. Once a rare disorder, the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that one in every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD. Read the Rest »

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How to begin a conversation about dying and why you should. On the Morning Report

April 26th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Talking about death and dying isn't easy, but it could be one of the most important conversations you'll ever have. On the Morning Report, Sharon Rose Vaznis and I shared some helpful tips on how to get started. We also discussed an upcoming conference and a series of community forums about end-of-life conversations. They're all sponsored by Hospice of Southern Maine. Read the Rest »
Driving Miss Norma

Why we need to talk about what we want at the end of life

Have you heard about Norma, the 90-year-old woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year? She got the news the day her husband Leo was admitted to a hospice facility. And two days after he died, Norma, her son Tim and daughter-in-law Ramie listened as her doctor laid out her treatment options. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. According to Ramie, Norma's response was, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” And so, she did. Read the Rest »

Rutabaga recipe: Roasted root vegetables and portobello mushrooms

April 21st, 2016 | Nom Nom

How many of you have eaten a rutabaga? C'mon, raise your hands. "I have! I have!"

I didn't even realize I'd eaten one until the other day. I was doing research for this post and asked my husband if he'd ever tried one. He said yes and so have you. What? I have? When? Read the Rest »

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How to keep your baby safe when you’re driving

April 20th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
My daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby this summer. Near the top of the list of things they'll need is a good car seat. One that's safe. Read the Rest »
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You don’t have to be a king to suffer from gout

April 20th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
The other day a friend asked me about gout. Someone she knew was recently diagnosed and she was curious about what caused it. "Isn't that a disease of kings?" she asked me. Well, gout did plague at least one famous king — Henry VIII. Read the Rest »
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Organ donation: One man’s legacy of sharing his life with others

April 19th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Guest post from Memorial Hospital, North Conway, New Hampshire When Dawn Stone stands atop Mt. Chocorua this summer surrounded by family and friends to scatter her son Tyler’s ashes, she’ll be comforted by the knowledge that a part of him lives on in many people she doesn’t even know. Read the Rest »
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Kendra’s solutions for feeling “hangry”, cranky, and overwhelmed

April 13th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Guest post by Kendra Wheeler, Kendra Wheeler, health coach, certified personal trainer, & the owner of fitGOALS Training. In our busy world, you have to make time for the things that are important to you, including yourself. If you make yourself a priority, your world will magically change for the better. Actually, it's not magic. It's logic. Read the Rest »
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Loving someone with dementia: On the Morning Report

April 12th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Do you love someone with dementia? It can be challenging sometimes. My mother has Alzheimer's disease, a major cause of dementia. I recently shared some important things on the Morning Report that I've learned along the way. Read the Rest »
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Do not do this before you exercise!

April 11th, 2016 | Gotta Use It
Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine.
  • Do you like to exercise really hard in the gym?
  • Are you training for a marathon, 10k race or triathlon?
  • Would you like to relieve the pain of the strenuous workouts?
  • Do you take ibuprofen before your workouts and before your races?
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Soy and breast cancer. Friend or Foe?

You may have seen some conflicting health news about soy and breast cancer.

  • You shouldn't eat soy if you're at risk for breast cancer
  • Soy can protect you against breast cancer

What should you do if you have breast cancer or are at risk for developing it?  Is it ok to eat soy products? Read the Rest »

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In the event of … save your family a hassle. Use The LastingMatters Organizer

April 6th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
It's one thing to know how you would want to be treated at the end of your life; who should be notified of your death; whether you wish to be buried or cremated; what kind of funeral or memorial service you'd like. It's another to let your family and/or loved ones in on the details. Read the Rest »
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Innovations in cancer treatment: Biology is destiny

April 5th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

The challenge of treating cancer

Cancer. Such a formidable word. The big C, as some people call it. Finding a cure for cancer has been difficult — more so even than finding one for HIV, says medical oncologist Dr. Peter Rubin. "People spent the time to figure out what was driving HIV,"  he says. "Unfortunately, cancers are tremendously more complicated than HIV." Finding a cure for cancer is such a challenge because not all cancers are the same. What drives one cancer to grow and spread does not necessarily drive another. Read the Rest »
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The latest research on why we lose bone as we age and what we can do about it

April 4th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Did you know that every ten years our entire skeleton changes? It's called remodeling. Bone breaks down or dissolves and new bone forms in its place. As you get older, keeping the bones strong and healthy requires a balance that is difficult to achieve. Read the Rest »
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Why we could all probably use a good health care advocate in our corner

April 1st, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Yes, we could all probably use a health care advocate at some point in our lives. Two years ago, I got a phone call from the mammography center after I'd gone in for my yearly mammogram. The scheduler told me the radiologist wanted me to come back for some additional x-rays. Magnified views so he could take a closer look. A closer look at what, I blurted as my heart began to race and my brain screamed into overdrive. Read the Rest »
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Food fight! Food fight! And the happy winner is …

March 31st, 2016 | Nom Nom
Ever been in a food fight? I was in one the other day. Picture this. Plates of warm potato salad. Cups of curried squash soup. Tiny tarts topped with blueberries. Portobello mushrooms filled with stuffing. Now imagine a roomful of people flinging all that food (and lots more) at each other. Read the Rest »
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Maine’s naturopathic doctors offer free health screening to teens

March 29th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
I had my first personal encounter with a naturopathic doctor back in the 80s. One of my daughters had cracked and peeling feet. The doctor helped us determine the cause and recommended calendula cream. It worked. I wrote about our experience and what I have learned since about naturopathic medicine in a 2013 blog post. When I wrote the post, Dr. Sarah Kotzur, who practices in Portland, was president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (MAND). Read the Rest »
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Some broad spectrum advice about preventing skin cancer

My husband Barry loves being out in the sun. No matter what the season. Here’s a picture of him picking blueberries on a hot summer day.

Unfortunately, skin cancer runs in his family. Over the years, he has had several lesions removed, frozen, or burned off. He’s lucky because, so far, all have been either pre-cancerous areas called actinic keratoses or basal cell carcinomas, which are easily treated. He has all the risk factors. Read the Rest »

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Two feel good stories: On the Morning Report

March 25th, 2016 | Catching Health Stories
Two children, a robot and a recliner. Two separate stories that are connected in a larger sense. They’re both about making the world a little better for children who are not well. Sharon Rose Vaznis and I talk about the stories and the kids on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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Eat almonds by the handful or try this recipe for delectable almond biscotti

March 24th, 2016 | Nom Nom
Have you ever noticed how many ways you can enjoy almonds? Individual pieces, raw or toasted. Flakes or slivers. Almond flour. Almond oil. Almond milk. Almond butter. What can you add to the list? No matter how they are presented to me, I like the taste of almonds and I like that they're good for me. In moderation. Read the Rest »
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Seven easy ways to exercise your brain and sharpen your memory

March 23rd, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Worried because you forget things? Why you left the room? Where you put your glasses? Whether you turned off the iron? A name? An appointment? Read the Rest »
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Music is good for your heart in more ways than one

March 22nd, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. We are constantly reminded that healthy eating and exercise are necessary for a healthy heart. Of course, healthy eating and exercise take discipline and work, which is hard and time-consuming. Why can't something like music be healthy for our heart, as well as entertaining? Well, it is! Read the Rest »
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A tasty Mediterrean dish that’s easy to make and easy to eat: Chicken with white beans

March 17th, 2016 | Catching Health Stories, Nom Nom
You're going to get more than you bargained for in this blog post. Not only am I going to share a simple and delicious ( I know because I made it) recipe for chicken with white beans, I'm also throwing in two more easy recipes — for couscous and a cucumber salad. They all go together really well. Read the Rest »
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That amazing day a robot went to see a robot show

What does a seven-year-old do when her entire first-grade class is going on an exciting field trip to the Portland Science Center and she has to stay home? If her name is Sophia Houle, she sends her trusty robot instead. To see The Robot Zoo. Read the Rest »
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Recognizing abnormal bleeding: On the Morning Report

March 14th, 2016 | I'm Not Your Mother, But ...
We all have special clotting factors in our blood. When we get injured, the factors help stem any bleeding. One of them is the von Willebrand factor. If there isn’t enough of this factor or it doesn’t work properly, you have von Willebrand disease. It's the most common bleeding disorder — more common than hemophilia. Sharon and I talk about von Willebrand disease on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
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From overweight and unhealthy to Ironman. You can’t help but be impressed by this 53-year-old woman

When she turned 51 on October 21, 2013, Marcia Scott wrote herself a letter. In it, she reflected on the year that had passed. And how hard she had worked to improve her health. Read the Rest »
Pasta with kale pesto

Like kale? Then this recipe for pasta with kale pesto, chicken and roasted tomatoes is for you

Want to improve your health? Eat kale. I confess that I tried it once and didn't like it. Turns out it wasn't cooked properly. But I'm committed to improving my overall health, so I decided to try it one more time.

What is kale?

Kale is a leafy green vegetable. It belongs to the Brassica family, which includes cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

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Bowl of sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup with a satisfying little bite to it

Today, we're cooking up some sweet potatoes. Another food I didn't try until I was older. I'm so glad I did because I love how they taste. And as a source of nutrition, they pack a wallop. Read the Rest »
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Oh baby! When is it ok to start feeding your infant solid foods?

Guest post by Amy Baker Joyce, MS, RD, LD, CNSC. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Times change (and so do health recommendations), but questions from new parents about what and when and how to feed their infants are timeless. Although new science has resulted in several recent updates on infant feeding guidelines, there’s no need to worry — we’ve got answers to your most common infant feeding questions. Read the Rest »